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Following your dreams

Parkersburg teen has slew of books lined up to be published

PARKERSBURG –Sometimes taking a leap towards your dreams can be scary, but it also can be rewarding as you watch that hard work pay off.

As a junior Abby Farnsworth, 17, decided to do just that and publish her first book “EverGreen.” Now as a senior at Parkersburg South High School and just shy of 18, Farnsworth is gearing up for the release of her second book.

“At 16 I decided that I wanted to do more than to just read great books, but to write them as well,” Farnsworth said.

Less than two years later she has published her first book and gained some popularity for it, her second book is days from being released to the public, she is about to start the editing process with her third and final book in that series, which is set to release in the spring and book one of a new trilogy that is under contract has been sent in to her editor.

“EverGreen” is a young adult paranormal romance.

“… he watched me as if I was the most fascinating thing he’d ever seen.” The book blurb continues with: “Lily Rhodes had led a perfectly normal life, up until the day she met Rowan Marx, an alluring, secretive boy who she’d never noticed before. At the end of her senior year, Lily’s world is turned upside down by the sparks of first love, the betrayal of her best friend, and the discovery of secrets buried long ago. Ultimately, Lily will learn a lesson she thought she already understood: never judge a book by its cover. Because if you do, you might just miss the magic hidden within.”

For those wishing to read more, the book can be purchased locally at J and M’s Books and Games, or online at Apple books, Amazon, Kindle, Target, Walmart or Barnes and Noble.

The second book, “Moonlit Skies,” which will be released November 23, picks up exactly one year after the events from the first book. Farnsworth could not provide too many details for the second book that wouldn’t spoil it, but she did say that the second book is written from two separate points of view.

A book blurb for the second and third book can be found on her publishers website www.worldcastlepublishing.net/abby-farnsworth for those who want to check them out.

There will be a book signing at J and M’s Books and Games on Dec. 17, and another at the Watering Can Studio on Dec. 18.

Some of the online options are new for buying Farnsworth’s book, and she said that a lot of that is due to the hard work her publisher has put into getting her books picked up.

“I have absolutely enjoyed everything about working with my publisher,” she said. “It is a small publisher, with a traditional format.”

Farnsworth said that she has been able to connect with other authors that also publish through World Castle Publishing.

“It’s nice to know and support each other,” she said. “There are some things we can relate and understand among fellow authors that others might not understand.”

Farnsworth said that as those connections have made being new author in the middle of a pandemic a little easier.

“I still hope to do some book promotion in other series down the road, but I haven’t had a chance yet because of COVID and restrictions,” she said.

Farnsworth said this is an issue that many authors have faced, same as musicians and others who wish to hold promotional gatherings across the world at this time.

Even though she is only having two book signings at this time, Farnsworth said she has doubled her pre-orders from the first book.

“We sold out at my first signing, so we are coming in prepared this time,” she said.

A pre-order sign up sheet is already at J and M’s and Jason McCrady, the owner, already has the books in stock, so there will be no wait this time around.

While one would think between school, planning for college and writing two books is enough, Farnsworth has technically finished four books since embarking on this journey at 16 and is almost done with her fifth.

“It’s weird having four books, but only one published,” she said.

The new trilogy, which will start being released early next year is called “Shades of Us,” the series starts with “Scarlet Whispers” and will continue with “Ruby Tears” in the YA Paranormal Romance genre.

She plans on finishing or nearing completion of writing the new trilogy before graduating high school.

Farnsworth said while her books are targeted toward teens and young adults, they can be enjoyed by readers of all ages.

Farnsworth plans on going to Ashland in Ohio and majoring in history and political science. She later hopes to go to law school and work in constitutional law, while still writing.

“Even if my writing took off and I could live off of it I will still pursue my degree goals because this is something I have always wanted to do,” she said.

Farnsworth said she has already begun planning a six-book series that she will work on while furthering her education.

“It will be a young adult romance epic fantasy starting with a book called ‘Rosewood Dreams’ with Esme, a witch, as the protagonist.”

Farnsworth said she wants to use historically accurate information pertaining to the witch trials in that series.

“It will be tied in with the historical persecution of witches,” she said. “I have always been fascinated with the witch trials and am particularly interested in British history, so I look forward to being able to incorporate it into my story.”

When writing, Farnsworth said that having a specific outline of key events in the story for each section of the chapter helps her.

“Sometimes it is hard when planning out the book and sometimes the hardest thing to do is make those unexpected plot twists,” she said.

Farnsworth talked a little about her upcoming plans, and provided a few examples of hard choices she has made for those plot twists, one being the death of a character.

“I have cried when killing off a character before,” she said. “Specifically with one character who does pass, I debated for weeks, but in the end it benefited the plot more to kill them than keep them alive.”

Farnsworth said in the six book series, she is planning a love triangle, and at this point in the planning process even she hasn’t decided which to choose in the end.

“They could both work, but they are very different,” she said. “I think sometimes the best way to not make the choice obvious is to not be sure yourself.”

Farnsworth said that overall she has received great feedback on her first book, and even gets some fan mail.

“I absolutely love it , but it is so surreal to receive fan mail,” she said.

Madeline Scarborough can be reached at mscarborough@newsandsentinel.com.

What’s next?:

∫ Farnsworth’s books “EverGreen and Moonlit Skies” can be purchased locally at J and M’s Books and Games, or online at Apple books, Amazon, Kindle, Target, Walmart or Barnes and Noble.

∫ The second book, “Moonlit Skies,” will be released November 23 and picks up exactly one year after the events from the first book.

∫ A book blurb for the first, second and third books can be found on her publishers website www.worldcastlepublishing.net/abby-farnsworth for those who want to check them out.

∫ There will be a book signing at J and M’s Books and Games on Dec. 17, and another at the Watering Can Studio on Dec. 18.

∫ A new trilogy, “Shades of Us,” will start being released early next year.

∫ The series starts with “Scarlet Whispers” and will continue with “Ruby Tears” in the YA Paranormal Romance genre.

Book blurb for “Scarlet Whispers”

“We never have to stop loving each other, and that’s glorious.” … “Anne Emerson has spent the last many decades of her immortal life alone. All of that changes the day she meets a green-eyed, teenage boy from Georgia, James Hamilton. Though she realizes just how impractical love between a vampire and a human is, she can’t seem to deny her feelings. Anne begins to fall for James, while repeatedly rejecting a rich, age-old vampire, Albert Jefferson, who’s enchanted with her. She will have to discover the true value of mortality, and weigh its worth against the price of love.”

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